Galleri Riis has the pleasure of presenting our first exhibition with works by Norwegian artist Per Inge Bjørlo (b. 1952). Central in the exhibition is a suite of sculptures in welded steel, entitled “Forteljing frå lukt og lyd“ (“Story from Smell and Sound"). Dating from 1993-2003, the suite has not previously been exhibited. The exhibition also includes two large works on paper executed in charcoal and mixed media, and a large work in acrylic on canvas. In addition are new works in steel and glass, from the past two years.
Bjørlo is renowned for his classic works “Inner Space I-V", a series of related installations from the period 1984-1990, exhibited at the Henie Onstad Art Centre, the Sao Paolo Biennial, Galerie Daad in Berlin, The Venice Biennial, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, and the (former) Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo.
The artistic expression reflects Bjørlo's need to articulate experience in the form of structures – constructed from the inside and out – in materials such as stainless steel, glass and light. They are mental condensations; highly personal stories with many layers of meaning and recollections. His expressive charcoal drawings and graphic works further enhance the picture. Bjørlo lives and works in Hønefoss, Norway and in Degerfors, Sweden.